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1 Running on FullRunning on Full Strategies for managing the demands of multiply roles Dr. Karen MacNeill, Ph.D, R.Psyc

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3 Running on Full- what’s in it for you? Shift in ways of thinking about ‘work-life- balance’ Recognize warning signs before major issue arise Develop strategies on how to build energy/resources needed to manage the demands of multiple roles

4 Work-life-balance Balance between an individuals work and non-work life. Focuses on the issue of conflict vs. enrichment Goal is to minimize conflict Dismisses the positive role work plays to produce energy and enrich other life domains What is balance…. And is it possible?

5 Personal Resource Allocation - Grawitch et al., 2010 Personal Resource Supply (time, energy, money) -Both actual and perceived Demands on Resources - Required vs. Preferred Resource Allocation -Deliberate choice of where, when, and how Individual Outcomes - Future resources, subjective well-being, Performance

6 Effective Resource Allocation Awareness of resource supply – Energy makers – Energy takers Manage perception of demands – Threat vs. opportunity – Develop required competency/ skill needed to respond to demand – Manage expectations/noise Deliberate choice about where/when/how to expend resources

7 Shift in thinking…. “Having it all” “Having what is most important”

8 Stress An imbalance between perceived demands and perceived resources Individual process involving an interaction between: – Person (biology, behaviors, and emotions) – Environment (demands) – Appraisal (thoughts) – Resources (coping strategies)

9 How does stress manifest? Body- physicalEmotionsBehaviorsMind- thoughts Fatigue/Tiredness Muscle tension Racing heart Shortness of breath Upset stomach Sleep problems Change in appetite Headaches High blood pressure Cold hands/feet Sweaty palms Weight loss/gain Other: Frustration Anger Worry Irritability Loss of self-esteem Helplessness Sadness Anxiety Other: Avoidance Performing with caution Over-functioning Increase caffeine Substance abuse Crying Social Isolation Yelling Aggressiveness Other: Poor concentration Mind racing Doubt in ability Difficulty making decisions Slowness in thinking Memory problems Catastrophic thoughts Other:

10 What are your stress signs?  ____________________

11 Warning signs Anything persistent and outside “the norm”- extremes Increase sickness and persistent fatigue Avoidance tactics (passive/active) Emotional instability, persistent overwhelm, and low self- esteem Decrease in performance Relationship difficulties Unhealthy behaviors

12 Monitoring Health, well-being, and performance indicators Fatigue: How is my energy level? Sleep: Have I been getting enough sleep? Do I feel adequately rested? Health: How is my general health (free for illness/injury)? Emotional stability: How is my emotional state and irritability? Stress: How is my stress level and feeling of overwhelm? Performance: How has my work performance and task execution been? Relationships: How are my relationships with others? Behaviors and coping: How are the behaviors I am choosing to use to cope with my demands (healthy, adequate etc.)

13 Impacts health, well-being, performance Chronic activation of our nervous system with little respite from stress hormones causes potentially serious problems with the following: Physical Health- hypertension, asthma, ulcers, heart/vascular issues, IBS, suppresses immune Mental Health- depression, anxiety, decrease well-being Relationship health- increase conflicts, interpersonal and relationship issues Behavioral heath- lifestyle choices (alcohol and drug use), eating choices, decision making, spending behaviors etc. Performance- issues with job performance, problems with executing tasks

14 Strategies 1.Active Awareness 2.Deliberate Choice 3.Renew energy 4.Build your team

15 Active Awareness 15 + _ + _. Consciousness Unconscious Incompetence Unconscious Competence Competence Conscious Competence Conscious Incompetence Habit Conscious Choice

16 Deliberate Choice Identify what really matters most Be strategic- prioritize and plan Actively allocate resources by choosing when, where and how

17 Renew Energy Create daily habits to renew energy in the bodies four main energy sources Spiritual energy renewal Sense of purpose, time with family Mental energy renewal Focus ‘chunks’, micro breaks, recovery Emotional energy renewal Breath, perspective, let go Physical energy renewal Sleep, nutrition, exercise Loehr & Schwartz, 2009

18 Build your team Identify sources of support Delegate and task share Build team of experts/ mentors to help guide you and develop skills/tools needed

19 To ‘Run on Full’… Shift mindset from ‘having it all’ to ‘having what matters most’ Become actively aware of stress signals- be proactive vs. reactive Be strategic about managing energy and resources

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